CHICAGO (SCS) — Starting today, Chicagoans can use Uber to hail an electric vehicle, as the company seeks to reduce pollution.
Uber is expanding its “Comfort Electric” product line to 15 more cities, including Chicago, where users now have the option to request a ride in a premium electric vehicle; like a Tesla, a Polestar or a Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Uber said it was the company’s way of trying to reduce its carbon footprint by encouraging its drivers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs).
The company plans to spend $800 million to offset costs for drivers. It’s paying them an extra dollar for every EV ride they take.
Drivers can also rent Teslas on a weekly or monthly basis.
“I don’t know about you, but $200 a week adds up, you know?” Uber driver Melissa said. “For me and my family, it’s like a week’s worth of groceries right there.”
Melissa said the switch to electric also boosted advice from her riders, who thanked her for going electric.
Uber said its goal is to be the cleanest and safest transportation platform on the planet.
In addition to Chicago, Uber’s “Comfort Electric” option is now available in a total of 24 cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New Jersey, New York City suburbs, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Vancouver and Washington DC